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YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 24, 2017 - The people's preferences prevailed Saturday night, with Resolve (Ake Svanstedt, $6.20) and Somewhere in L A (Jason Bartlett, $3.80) winning Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 co-featured harness racing Open Handicaps. Double-millionaire Resolve showed no ill effects from his sojourn to Solvalla. Returning to the scene of a Yonkers International Trot world record last October, he proved as proficient at eight furlongs as he did at 10. Resolve, from post position No. 7 (in one notch after a defection) worked around Gural Hanover (George Brennan), then finished it off (:28.1, 58, 1:26.4, 1:54.3). Gural Hanover eventually broke in the pocket, while Obrigado (Mark MacDonald) chased after ducking in third. Resolve held sway, beating Obrigado by a length. Springbank Sam N (Jordan Stratton) was a best-of-the-rest third, while Money Maven (Eric Goodell) and Melady's Monet (Bartlett) were both moved up, respectively. Gural Hanover was set down from fourth to seventh for his transgressions. For Resolve, a 6-year-old son of Muscle Hill trained by his driver for owner Hans Enggren, it was his second win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $20.20, with the triple returning $99. Saturday night's Open Handicap Pace was nary more than a public workout for Somewhere in L A. From post No. 7, he threw down the gauntlet (:27, 56.1, 1:24.2, 1:52.1) to defeat a closing Bit of a Legend N (Stratton) by a couple of lengths. Dream Out Loud N (Shaun Vallee) skimmed the cones for third as the 81-1 rank outsider, with a tiring-pocket Somewhere Fancy (Dan Dube) and Clear Vision (Brennan) settling for the remainder. For 'L A,' a 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P and Gandolfo Stables, it was his eighth win in 19 '17 tries. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $7.80, the triple returning $75.50 and the superfecta paid $258.80. The featured pace win was one of a half-dozen for Bartlett during the dozen-race card. Special salutations to Americanprimetime (Brennan, $4), who drilled the $40,000 Preferred Handicap Pace in 1:51, fastest local mile of the season. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 23, 2017 - Harness racing driver Brent Holland won the 5,000th race of his career Friday night (June 23th), doing so at his place of residence, Yonkers Raceway. Holland and Delightful Dragon ($7.40) lasted on the lead by a scant schnoz in the 6th race $40,000 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, giving the 46-year-old (as of this past Sunday) the milestone (season's-best 1:53.2) mile. The affable Holland is a native of Wilmington, OH, who began working with horses for a neighbor, Maynard Hagemeyer. "He and Bob Farrington in Chicago both taught me a lot," Holland said. His first winner came in in his first parimutuel start, as an 18-year-old with longshot E C's Best in 1989 at Lebanon Raceway..."pouring down rain," he said. "When I won my first, I used to look up to all the great drivers and never thought about a number like 5,000," Holland said. Asked for some winner's circle wit, Holland offered that 'The horse did all the work.' In the case, the hard-working lass-now 4-for-18 this season-is a 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight owned and trained by Noel Daley. Holland, who migrated east from the Chicagoland circuit not quite a decade ago, has more than $54.2 million in career purses. He was joined by his wife, Dee, and friends for a winner's circle presentation. Holland and Delightful Dragon Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 23, 2017 - Freeze Out (George Brennan, $13.60) did just that to her harness racing rivals Friday night (June 23rd), administering a beating in Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. The field was pared to seven after Betabcool N was scratched-lame after the post parade. Away an early second from became post position No. 2, Freeze Out found herself third after last week's victress, I Said Diamonds (Matt Kakaley), two-moved to the lead. Settled though early intervals of :27.1 and :55.3, Freeze Out challenged and conquered down the backside the second time. She ground down 'Diamonds' well before a 1:23.3 three-quarters, slapping a half-dozen length on the lasses in and out of the final turn. The final margin was a wrapped-up three lengths in life-best 1:52. Jewel Lehigh A (Dan Dube) did get into second, with Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) third. Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) and Hidden Land (Brian Sears) rounded out the payees, while the 9-10 fave I Said Diamonds walked home sixth. For fifth choice Freeze Out, a 4-year-old daughter of American Ideal co-owned by (trainer) Ricky and Sean Bucci, it was her eighth win in 16 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $199, the triple returned $991 and the superfecta paid $2,347. Freeze Out A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (June 24th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $3,660.17.   The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - Harness racing double-millionaire Resolve returns to the scene of his world-record romp Saturday night (June 24th), headlining Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Open Handicap Trot. When last working in Westchester, the now-6-year-old son of Muscle Hill made short of his rivals in last October's million-dollar Yonkers International Trot. Resolve went the (mile-and-a-quarter) distance in a spiffy 2:23.4. Resolve began this season by winning the $200,000 Cutler Memorial (Meadowlands), then hightailed it to Solvalla, where he was second (elimination) and third (final) at the Elitlopp. Assigned outside his seven rivals in Saturday night's sixth race, trainer Ake Svanstedt takes his usual seat for owner Hans Enggren. There are few lightweights in this week's marquee trot. Obrgiado (Mark MacDonald, post 6) and his $1.6 million resume started his season with a solid second in Scioto's $200,000 Hill Memorial, while veteran statebred Gural Hanover (George Brennan, post 4) has been rock-solid in his last three tries across the river. Melady's Monet (Jason Bartlett, post 7), though not being able to reach from a 12-hole here a week ago, had won two of his previous three local Open Handicap tries. Barn Doll (Jeff Gregory, post 3) defends the honor of the fairer sex going after a 20th career win. Springbank Sam N (Jordan Stratton, post 1), Money Maven (Eric Goodell, post 2) and Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube, post 5) complete the octet. Saturday night's co-featured 55-large Open Handicap Pace (8th race) finds Western Fame (MacDonald) banished behind the eight-ball. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, June 20, 2017- For the first time ever, Yonkers Raceway is importing races from the world-class thoroughbred meeting at Britain's Royal Ascot. Simulcasting shall be offered Wednesday through Saturday (June 21st through 24th, wagering offered on the last five races each day). Yonkers' mutuel windows open daily at 10 AM, with the first Royal Ascot race each day scheduled shortly thereafter (note the early opening is for Royal Ascot simulcast [fourth floor only], usual 12 Noon opening for all other days). Among the Royal Ascot highlights are... Wednesday-Prince of Wales Stakes (distance 1¼ miles) Thursday-Gold Cup (distance 2½ miles) Friday-Coronation Stakes (distance 1 mile) Saturday-Diamond Jubilee Stakes (distance 6 furlongs). Any number of standout North American-based horses are scheduled to complete during the prestigious meet. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, June 18, 2017 - Westchester Sundays returned (June 18th), with an out-every-step Rubber Duck ($47) with harness racing driver Joe Bongiorno in the bike, winning Yonkers Raceway's $68,000 Open Handicap Trot. The Father's Day marquee trot was the first race of the afternoon, one of four 'French' trots going at the mile-and-one-quarter distance. It looked much different early as 3-4 choice Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett) jumped it off from the pocket. Meanwhile, there were four different leaders through the first half-mile (:28.1, :57) including Springbank Sam N (Jordan Stratton), Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube), Not Afraid (Matt Kakaley) and Opulent Yankee (Ake Svanstedt). As for Rubber Duck from post position No. 7, he was quite wide into the first turn, then able to join the second tier from third-over after a rival broke. He sat outside Opulent Yankee in and out of a 1:25.4 three-quarters and 1:55.2 mile before wearing that rival down early in the lane. Rubber Duck had enough to hold Buen Camino (Trond Smedshammmer) at bay, winning by three-quarters of a length in 2:26 for the added distance. Red Hot Herbie lost the place photo, while Springbank Sam N and a recovering Hemi Seelster settled for the remainder. For eighth choice Rubber Duck, a 5-year-old son of Muscle Mass co-owned by Albertans Blair & Erna Corbeil and trained by Richard Johnson, it was his third win in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $472, with the triple returning $2,494. The latest installment of the 'New York, New York Double' offered a winning combination of 2-Divine Miss Grey (Belmont's 3rd race) and 1-Jericho (Yonkers' 7th race) paid $10.20 for every correct $1 wager. Total pool was $4,390. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 17, 2017 - Turns out this season's model was a tad faster than last season's model. A third-over Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube, $14.20) rolled over a second-up, 9-10 fave Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton) Saturday night (June 17th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Open Handicap Pace. From post position No. 6, it was Keystone Velocity, the 2017 George Morton Levy Series champ, working out a trip right behind the '16 Levy winner, Bit of a Legend N. Both had their sights set on Western Fame (Mark MacDonald) after that one threw down a rather swift gauntlet (:26.3, :55.4, 1:23.4). Western Fame held a short lead in and out of the final turn, only to get passed by the potent pair. Widest and fastest, Keystone Velocity outgamed Bit of a Legend N by a half-length in 1:52, the highlight of Dube's four-win night. Western Fame held third, with a from-last Mach it So (Brent Holland) and Artful Way (Greg Merton) rounding out the payees. For Keystone Velocity, a 9-year-old son of Western Hanover co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Kapildo Singh, Earl Hill Jr. and VIP Internet Stable, it was his fourth win (as the fourth choice) in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $55, the triple returned $152.50 and the superfecta paid $2,021. Yonkers returns to Sunday matinees tomorrow (June 18th), with a first post of 12:30 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 16, 2017 - I Said Diamonds (Matt Kakaley, $7) went up and over laboring harness racing lasses Friday night (June 16th), winning-at first seasonal purse asking-Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. This was the first local live program since a May 28th matinee and debuted the new start/finish line, which shortened the stretch by some 105 feet (660 to 555 feet). Unhurried from post position No. 4, I Said Diamonds settled sixth as Northfield expat Beyonce's Rockn (Jason Bartlett) made short work of an assigned eight-hole. That one made the lead after paying a 27-second, opening-quarter price for the privilege. The newbie was not in a giving mood, hanging Petticoat Series winner Cousin Mary (Jordan Stratton) in her attempt for the lead. A :55.1 intermission over a 'good' surface that had taken on some water put the closers in play. Down the backside, Lispatty (Mark MacDonald), as the 3-2 choice, went three-deep, but I Said Diamonds went deeper and much faster. The latter grabbed the lead passing a 1:24.1 three-quarters, then widened. She opened 3½ lengths off the final turn, whipping Lispatty by 4¼ lengths in 1:53.2. Hidden Land (Brian Sears), Delightful Dragon (Brent Holland) and Freeze Out (George Brennan) settled for the minor moolah. For second choice I Said Diamonds, a now-4-year-old daughter of Well Said owned by A Piece of the Action Stable and trained by Matias Ruiz, she entered off a six-win, $304,000 season as a soph. The exacta paid $27.60, the triple returned $142.50 and the superfecta paid $400.50. Holland won a race, moving him to within four of the 5,000  win plateau (that would be 4,996 for those of you keeping score of such things). A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (June 17th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $1,845.99.   The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - Yonkers Raceway is moving the finish line...for harness racing starters. The Raceway has, if you shall pardon the pun, put the finishing touches on the new finish line. The project, which has been approved by the New York State Gaming Commission, shall see the current line moved up the track by 105 feet, meaning the length of the stretch decreases from 660 to 555 feet. With the 'new line' (and new quarter-pole) is a new, pole-mounted, robotic finish-line pan camera and dual-sided, mirror-image photo finish cameras (all in high-definition). There is also improved lighting around the area of the new finish line. The project has been ongoing during Yonkers' scheduled hiatus, completed and tested in time for the return of live racing this Friday night (June 16th). "We're very excited to complete this work," Raceway COO Bob Galterio said. "We're striving to improve the video presentation, and this is going to make our signal even better and give our fans the best look at those tight finishes. "As always, we appreciate the support of our product and welcome your comments." Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, June, 12, 2017- Tanned, rested and ready, Yonkers Raceway returns Friday night (June 16th), with a dozen harness racing races and the usual first post of 7:10 PM.. Friday's card features the $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace, going as the eighth race, with local newbie Beyonce's Rockn (Jason Bartlett) remanded outside of her seven rivals. The double-draw also found 12 races for Saturday night (June 17th), led the equally-parsed Open Handicap Pace (8th race) for the gentlemen, where a pair of Levy Series winners-Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, post 5) and Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube, post 6)-start as neighbors. A reminder of some scheduling notes for the balance of June and through July. Live racing goes every Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday @ 7:10 PM (Thursdays return in August) and there is no live racing Monday & Tuesday, July 3rd and 4th. As always, evening simulcasting accompanies all nighttime programs. Sunday matinees return this weekend (June 18th, first post 12:30 PM), with the first four races of the 'French trot' sort (overflow fields at the mile-and-a-quarter-distance). The remaining Sundays (July 2nd, 16th, 23rd & 30th) over the next few weeks all have the popular post time of TBA (updates when available). The 'New York, New York Double' returns this Sunday, tentatively including Belmont's 3rd race (post time 2:32 PM) and Yonkers' 7th race (post time 3 PM). Program pages for this wager shall sent when they're done. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, June 8, 2017 - Though the return of live harness racing is a week or so away, Yonkers Raceway continues to offer a full range of afternoon simulcasting. Saturday's (June 10th) Belmont Stakes highlights the activities, with a special early first post of 11:35 AM. Yonkers' mutuel windows open at 11 AM, with advance wagering for the entire Belmont Stakes program available Friday (June 9th). Belmont's first post Friday is 12:50 PM, with Yonkers' windows opening at 12 Noon. Included in the advance wagering options are a pair of two-day gimmick doubles, the New York Stakes/Metropolitan Handicap & Belmont Gold Cup/Belmont Stakes. The 149th Belmont goes as the 11th race (of 13), with a scheduled post time of 6:37 PM. Live racing and evening simulcasting returns Friday, June 16th (post time 7:10 PM). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, May 28, 2017-"Hemi Seelster has fled the scene." So said track announcer John Hernan, who did not lie, as 'Hemi' (Brent Holland, $9.90) made quick work of 11 harness racing rivals Sunday afternoon (May 28th), winning Yonkers Raceway's mile-and-a-quarter $68,000 Open Trot. Away alertly from post position No. 3, Hemi Seelster stuffed Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube) in behind coming toward a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. The remaining eight furlongs (:58, 1:27.2, 1:56.1, 2:24.3) were angst-free, with a final margin of 5¾ lengths. 'Herbie' clearly was second, with Money Maven (Eric Goodell) a three-hole third. Second-tier starters Wing Flash (Tyler Buter) and Homicide Hunter (Anthony Napolitano) rounded out the payees, while 5-2 favorite Tag Up and Go (Joe Bongiorno) was a never-in-it ninth and second choice Wings of Royalty (Brian Sears) couldn't get out his own way. For third choice Hemi Seelster, a 5-year-old Holiday Road gelding co-owned by Howard Taylor & Abe Basen and trained by Rich Banca, it was his fourth win in 13 seasonal starts (now over a half-million dollars for his career). The exacta paid $69, with the triple returning $616. For Holland, it was career driving win No. 4,993. The weekly featured trot was the first of four 'French' races during the dozen-race, all-trot card. Sunday's revival of the 'New York, New York Double' saw a winning combination of 9-(Bustin' It, Belmont's 3rd race) and 4-(Andy Ray, Yonkers' 7th race) paid $13.90 for every correct dollar ticket (total pool $7,361). Live racing (and evening simulcasting) returns Friday, June 16th (post time 7:10 PM). Afternoon simulcasting remains available, including the June 10th Belmont Stakes. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 26, 2017- A perfect-trip Jewel Lehigh A (Dan Dube, $55.50) lit up the harness racing tote board Friday night (May 26th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away sixth from post position No. 3 in her first try against the big girls, Jewel Lehigh A saw much action unfold in front of her. Apple Bottom Jeans (George Brennan) made the lead from post No .7 before a 27-second opening quarter-mile. She then gave it to an intermission (:56.1) move by Blacknsweet Adda A (Greg Merton), and when that one took over, She'sjustadelight N (Ron Cushing)-back locally after some fine work in the Blue Chip Matchmaker-was left naked, as the empress with no clothes. She'sjustadelight N pressed the issued in and out of a 1:24.3 three-quarters, with the heroine of this missive latching on to a perfect tow. After 'Justadelight' wore down Blacknsweet Adda A (that one backpedaling to last), Jewel Lehigh A had dead aim on the new leader and the winner's circle. She went on by a stubborn life-best, winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.3. She'sjustadelight N was a solid second, with Al Raza N (Eric Abbatiello) third. Apple Bottom Jeans crossed the line fourth, but saw her finish flipped with Dublin Rose (Jason Bartlett) for going inside the cones. For rank outsider Jewel Lehigh A, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Cammibest owned by Michael Goldberg and trained by Andrew Harris, it was her fourth win in 13 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $709, with the triple returning $2,856. The race also completed an all-Dube Pick 3, which returned $1,017.  Dube won five races during the 11-race program. Saturday night (May 27th), the Raceway presents two of its premier stakes event of the season. $140,770 Lismore (3-year-old pacing fillies) 6th race -- approx. post 8:50 PM 1-Warrawee Sunshine             Tim Tetrick 2-Caviart Cherie                      Jason Bartlett 3-Caviart Ally                         Andrew McCarthy 4-Agent Q                               Dave Miller 5-Big City Betty                     Jim Marohn Jr. 6-Gotthisone Hanover            George Brennan 7-Tequila Monday                   Brian Sears 8-Ashlee’s Spitfire                  Dan Dube   $300,000 Art Rooney Pace (3-year-old open) 8th race -- approx. post 9:30 PM 1-Mac’s Jackpot,g                   Jason Bartlett 2-Miso Fast                             Matt Kakaley 3-Downbytheseaside              Dave Miller 4-Rollin’ About,g                    Brent Holland 5-Funknwaffles,g                    Brian Sears 6-Summer Side                       Tim Tetrick 7-Henry the Dragon                Montrell Teague 8-Stealth Bomber                    Brett Miller g-gelding, remainder are colts   There’s also a racing hat giveaway (one per Empire Club member, while supplies last). Since no one took down Friday’s Pick 5, Saturday’s gimmick begins with a carryover of $3,231.94 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, May 23, 2017--Another reminder regarding Yonkers Raceway's harness racing matinee this Sunday (May 28th), with a first post of 12;30 PM. The 12-race program includes a quartet (races 5 through 8) of 'French' trots, as a dozen horses at the mile-and-a-quarter-distance. The $68,000 Open Trot (fifth race) includes last week's first three Open Handicap Trot finishers--Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube, post 6), Hemi Seelster (Brent Holland, post 3) and Golden Son (Brian Sears, post 12). The return of Sunday racing means the return of the "New York, New York Double,' this time featuring the third race from Belmont (post time 2:32 PM) and the seventh from Yonkers (2:45 PM). It's a dollar minimum wager (18½ percent takeout), program pages available in both tracks' respective live programs as well as any number of simulcast books (pages also sent when finalized). Note that after the Sunday card, live racing and evening simulcasting take a hiatus until Friday, June 16th. Afternoon simulcasting--including the June 10th Belmont Stakes--remains available. Tuesday night (May 23rd) props to Road Untraveled (Jordan Stratton, $4/60) for winning the $65,500 final of the Jackpot Next Door Claimers, an event for base $20,000 claimers (1:53.3). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, May 22, 2017 - World champion Downbytheseaside drew post position No. 3 for Saturday night's (May 27th) 27th edition of Yonkers Raceway's Art Rooney Pace for harness racing 3-year-olds. Downbytheseaside, a sophomore son of Somebeachsomewhere, won last week's lone $40,000 elimination race in 1:52.2. Dave Miller, who won this race consecutively in 2002 (Ashlee's Big Guy) and 2003 (No Pan Intended-via disqualification), retains the assignment for trainer Brian Brown and co-owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing. 'Seaside' has won both his seasonal starts and has been board-certified in all 15 career tries (10 wins, 3 seconds, 2 thirds, $616,016). The $300,000 final of the Rooney goes as the 8th race during the 12-race card (first post 7:10 PM, Rooney post approximately 9:30 PM). The draw shook out as such... 1-Mac's Jackpot,g (Jason Bartlett), 2-Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley), 3-Downbytheseaside (Dave Miller), 4-Rollin' About,g (Brent Holland), 5-Funknwaffles,g (Brian Sears), 6-Summer Side (Tim Tetrick), 7-Henry the Dragon (Montrell Teague), 8-Stealth Bomber (Brett Miller). The companion event, the 13th edition of the Lismore for 3-year-old pacing fillies (6th race, approx. post 8:50 PM), offers a final purse of $140,770. The list of lasses is as such... 1-Warrawee Sunshine (Tetrick), 2- Caviart Cherie (Scott Zeron), 3- Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy) 4-Agent Q (Dave Miller), 5-Big City Betty (Jim Marohn Jr.), 6-Gotthisone Hanover (George Brennan), 7-Tequila Monday (Sears), 8-Ashlee's Spitfire (Dan Dube). Agent Q (1:55.1) and 'Betty' (1:55.2) won last week's $20,000 elimination races. In addition to the high-end racing program, there's an Art Rooney Pace hat giveaway (one per Empire Club member, while supplies last). (Story shall be updated, if necessary, with program changes, happening Tuesday evening [May 23rd]).   Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 20, 2017 -- Harness racing world champion Downbytheseaside (Dave Miller, $3.10) was as odds-on advertised Saturday night (May 20th), winning Yonkers Raceway's lone $40,000 elimination for the 27th Art Rooney Pace for 3-year-olds. Starting from the second tier in the nine-to-get-to-eight foray, Downbytheseaside found himself three-wide at the half in a race that had much more movement than expected. Last season's Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace winner, Summer Side (Ray Schnittker), made the first lead, stuffing Stealth Bomber (Brent Holland) in behind before a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. However, Stealth Bomber wanted to no part of the pocket. That one made the lead, with last season's New York Sire Stakes champion Funknwaffles (Brian Sears) and 'Seaside' in hot pursuit. Downbytheseaside fronted the fray right at the :55.4 intermission, than continued toward a 1:24.3 three-quarters. Stealth Bomber then moved again, vacating a three-hole in front of Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley). Downbytheseaside opened a coupled of lengths in and out of the final turn, winning by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:52.2. Miso Fast snapped Stealth Bomber for second, with Summer Side and Mac's Jackpot (Jason Bartlett) rounding out the payees. Funknwaffles tired to sixth, with Henry the Dragon (Montrell Teague) and rank outsider Rollin' About (Brent Holland) also earning invites to next Saturday night's (May 27th) $300,000 final. Heaven's Gait (Jordan Stratton) made a filthy break passing the three-quarters, winding up last and not making the finale. For Downbytheseaside, a son of Somebeachsomewhere trained by Brian Brown for co-owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing, it was his second win in as many season starts (career 10-for-15). The exacta paid $$7.70, the triple returned $57 and the superfecta paid $341.50. "I was pleased with the race," Miller said. "I had to use him some early and ran in a bit in the turns, but we can work on that before the final." Downbytheseaside Miller began his evening drilling seven inside rivals (:28.4, :59.1, 1:27.4, 1:55.1) with Agent Q ($6.80) in the first of two, $20,000 elims for the Lismore (3-year-old pacing fillies). Last season's NYSS frosh champ, even-money choice Tequila Monday (Sears), wound up second from second-over, with Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy) a first-up third. Ashlee's Spitfire (Dan Dube), at 50-1 the longest shot on the board, was fourth. That quartet returns for next Saturday night's $140,770 final. "Handy," was Miller's succinct description of his date. For second choice Agent Q, a daughter of Western Terror co-owned by Martin Scharf, Rochetti Racing and Robert Muscara, she's now 2-for-2 this season. Agent Q The second elimination for the Lismore, complete with no show wagering, saw the reason for same--3-10 favorite Ain't Three OK (Sears)--jump it off in the first turn and trail throughout. Pole-sitting Big City Betty (Jim Marohn Jr., $21.60) went the distance (:28.3, :58.1, 1:27, 1:55.2), whipping Gotthisone Hanover (George Brennan) by 2¼ lengths in a two-speed number. Warrawee Sunshine (Miller) was a ground-saving third as the 29-1 longshot, with Caviart Cherie (McCarthy) fourth and back for the final. For third choice 'Betty,' a Bettor's Delight miss co-owned by (trainer) Steve Salerno and Bruce Potter, it was her second win three '17 tries. The exacta paid $149, with the triple returning $965. "This filly has a quick turn of speed, but she has the manners of an older horse," Marohn said. "I never even saw what happened with Brian's (Sears') horse (Ain't Three OK), but mine was very comfortable." Big City Betty The open draw for both stakes finals takes place Monday afternoon (May 22nd). Saturday night's pair of $55,000 Open Handicaps were won by... - Trot, Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube, $19.60) in 1:55.3; Red Hot Herbie - Pace, Mach it So (Holland, $7.90) in 1:51.2. Mach it So Frank Drucker

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